MS Balmoral Cruise Ship at Sunrise, Western Entrance, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on August 8, 2010

An early morning view of the MS Balmoral as it manouevres into position prior to berthing at CT2 (Cruise Terminal 2) on the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks.

The bow of the Balmoral is pointing towards the open waters of the Straits of Dover and the English Channel through Dover Harbour's Western Entrance (bounded by the Admiralty Pier behind the ship and the out-of-shot Southern Breakwater further to the left).

This Dover Harbour photo was taken at 6.02 am on Monday, 26th of July 2010, from the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier.

The Balmoral has arrived from Honfleur (France) at the end of the 16-night "French Connection" cruise. Later in the day, the ship left Dover at the start of a 12-night round-trip "Beauty of the North" cruise with the following itinerary: Warnemunde (Warnemünde, Germany), Ronne (Rønne, Denmark), Gdynia (Poland), St Petersburg (Russia), Tallinn (Estonia), and Copenhagen (Denmark).

Other photos of the Balmoral include:

MS Balmoral Cruise Ship nearing the Prince of Wales Pier (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

MS Balmoral crossing Dover Harbour at Sunrise (Sunday, 13th of June 2010)

Balmoral Cruise Ship and Syros Tanker, Admiralty Pier (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

Celebrity Constellation and Balmoral Cruise Ships (Wednesday, April 21st, 2010)

Balmoral from the Western Heights (Saturday, 19th of December, 2009)

Click to see the Fred Olsen Cruise Line Balmoral webpage.

Abridged extract from History of the MS Balmoral (1):

The vessel was built by Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany in 1988, for service with Royal Cruise Line as the Crown Odyssey. In 1989, Royal Cruise Line was sold to Norwegian Cruise Line, which continued operation of the company, along with the Crown Odyssey until 1996. A reorganization of all of the fleets owned by Norwegian Cruise Line saw Crown Odyssey enter service with NCL's main fleet, and it was renamed Norwegian Crown.

Following the purchase of Orient Lines by NCL in April, 2000, Norwegian Crown was transferred, regaining her original name, Crown Odyssey, in the process.

In September, 2003, Crown Odyssey was refurbished and returned to the NCL fleet, again with the name Norwegian Crown.

On May 25, 2006 - NCL Corporation announced that its parent company, Star Cruises, had agreed to sell Norwegian Crown to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines effective August 2006. Star Cruises concurrently chartered the vessel back from Fred. Olsen and NCL continued her deployment through to November 2007... ...Her last NCL cruise was on October 28, 2007.

During a January 21, 2009 cruise the ship sailed into rough weather in the Bay of Biscay smashing through 50 ft waves & 60 mph winds. Two of the passengers were sent to a hospital in La Coruna, Spain for serious injuries.

Ship Information (1) (2):


Name: 1988-1996: Crown Odyssey, 1996-2000: Norwegian Crown, 2000-2003: Crown Odyssey, 2003-2007: Norwegian Crown, 2007 onwards: Balmoral

Owner: 1988-1992: Royal Cruise Line, 1992-2004: Norwegian Cruise Line, 2004-2006: Crown Odyssey Ltd, 2007 onwards: Balmoral Cruise Ltd

Operator: 1988-1996: Royal Cruise Line, 1996-2000: Norwegian Cruise Line, 2000-2003: Orient Lines, 2003-2007: Norwegian Cruise Line, 2007 onwards: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Port of registry: 1988-1990: Pireus, Greece, 1990 onwards: Nassau, Bahamas

Builder: Meyer Werft, Papenburg, West Germany

In service: 7 June 1988

Call Sign: C6II4

IMO: 8506294

MMSI: 308785000

Status: In service

General characteristics (as built, 1988)

Type: cruise ship

Tonnage: 34,242 GRT

Displacement: 5,186 metric tons deadweight (DWT)

Length: 187.71 m (615 ft 10 in)

Beam: 28.21 m (92 ft 7 in)

Draught: 6.80 m (22 ft 4 in)

Installed power: 4×MaK 8M601/6M35 diesels, combined 21,300 kW

Propulsion: 2 propellers

Speed: 22.5 knots (41.67 km/h; 25.89 mph)

Capacity: 1,230 passengers (maximum)

General characteristics (as rebuilt, 2007)

Tonnage: 43,537 GT (gross tonnage)

Length: 217.91 m (714 ft 11 in)

Draught: 7.25 m (23 ft 9 in)

Decks: 10 (passenger accessible)

Capacity: 1,778 passengers

Crew: 471

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(1) Wikipedia entry for MS Balmoral (2) Marinetraffic entry for MS Balmoral

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Also see the MS Balmoral Cruise Ship berthed at the Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour (which has links to all other Balmoral photos).

John Latter on September 29, 2012

The MS Balmoral was escorted across Dover Harbour to the Western Entrance by Dover Harbour Board's bollard-pull tug, DHB Dauntless.

Click to see a photo taken a few minutes earlier than the one above of DHB Dauntless silhouetted against the morning sky above the Eastern Entrance:

DHB Dauntless Tug and Eastern Entrance of Dover Harbour at Sunrise

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  • Uploaded on August 4, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/07/26 06:02:26
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    • F/Stop: f/14.000
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